I have a love-hate relationship with video but I’m determined to get this sorted! Etsy now allows us to add little short clips to our listings and so I added lots of 10 second clips of me poking beads as a way of showing scale and depth. I’ll probably add some of me slicing canes or showing what I made with the cane for cane listings.
On the YouTube front, I’ve added the videos for two more of my old tutorials: the flower centre cane and the six petal flower cane. I will work my way through more of my site tutorials to update them a bit. Most of them were made in 2006-10! They’d be heading to middle and high school if they were kids!
I’ve had this website a good long time – at least 14 years in this form – and I’ve had a working shop for a bunch of that. Sometimes there’s a few things in it. Sometimes there’s lots.
I’ve begun the mass export of my listings from Etsy to here – Etsy allows you to export listing CSVs and WooCommerce to import them – and once they’re on here I’ll curate them a little better. I’ll probably winnow my site shop down to the top 50% because I have a LOT of stuff.
For customers the important part is: I’ll be selling in Canadian dollars on my website. That makes it substantially less expensive. For me, this is a much, MUCH less expensive place to sell my work so it works out for me.
Please let me know if you see any issues! Shipping profiles, in particular, are going to need some tweaking.
Somewhere between my optimistic event update for the spring shows coming up and now, March 22nd, the world changed a lot. What had been a crisis happening elsewhere became a crisis is happening right here, at home. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of or probable cancellation of all my spring and summer shows. The fact that the best thing to do to slow the pandemic – #flattenthecurve as it were – is to stay home, practice social distancing, and hunker down also means that sales in general are going to slow down as the economy does.
Like most small business owners – I run a physical shop in my small town as well as my online clay thing – who have non-essential businesses I’ve closed my doors for the duration. I’ll make my work and the work my shop represents available online. If you have the chance in the coming months please do buy a gift or a craft or a bit of art from other artists online. And chat with us online! Like our art, cheer us on, watch our videos. In self-isolation the work product of artists – musicians, actors, authors, visual artists, art educators – will be so important to keep people connected.